After the first day of the week-long filing period for school board candidates, contests are shaping up for seats on the Evanston Skokie District 65 and Evanston Township High School District 202 school boards in next April’s election.
Two incumbents and two challengers are seeking three positions on the District 65 board.
- Sergio Hernandez Jr., if 1400 Kirk St, is the current school board president. He was appointed to the board in January 2017 to fill a vacancy and was elected to his first full term in 2019. He’s a former director of family and community engagement for the state board of education and is on the board of the Youth Job Center.
- John Matthew Martin, 40, lives at 2335 Hastings Ave. in the 6th Ward.
- Ndona Muboyayi, of 2111 Emerson St., finished sixth among eight candidates seeking election to the District 65 board in 2021. She has been active on the district’s Bilingual Parent Advisory Council and has advocated for reparations programs in Evanston
- Mya Wilkins, of 8625 Central Park Ave. in Skokie, the executive director of marketing at Chase Bank, was appointed in October to fill a board vacancy created by the resignation of Anya Tanyavutti.
Three incumbents and two newcomers have filed so far for positions on the ETHS board.
- Monique Parsons, of 8710 Trumbull Ave., in Skokie, president and CEO of the McGaw YMCA, was first elected to the board in 2015. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Minnesota.
- Leah Piekarz, of 9027 Lincolnwood Drive, a retired counselor at ETHS, is seeking her first term on the board. She holds master’s degrees in education from the University of Illinois Chicago and Northern Illinois University.
- Elizabeth Rolewicz, of 1206 Cleveland St., a self-employed photographer and graphic designer, was first elected to the board in 2019.
- Kristen Scotti, of 929 Foresst Ave., who holds Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University, is making her first run for the board. She is the parent of an ETHS student and has advocated for changes in the school’s attendance policy.
- Stephanie Teterycz, of 1222 Cleveland St., director of operations for a research lab at Northwestern University, was first elected to the board in 2019.
Four board seats are up for election in D202. Mirah Anti’s seat is the fourth — she was appointed to the board in June 2021 after only three candidates ran in that year’s election for four positions on the board.
Update 12/16/22: Mirah Anti, of 1003 Hinman Ave., also has joined the race for the ETHS board. A listing on the clerk’s office website says she is seeking a full four-year term.
The candidate filing period continues through Monday, Dec. 19.